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Mom’s Molasses Ham and Beans

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours


8 servings

This is a recipe my mom made frequently while I was growing up, but I tweaked it to include navy beans instead of lima beans. It's perfect for a cold day when you don't want to bother with lots of cooking. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mom's Molasses Ham and Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) navy or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1 pound)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Optional: Pickled jalapeno peppers and pickled red onions


  1. In a greased 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients, except bacon. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours.
  2. Remove ham hocks. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into small cubes; return to slow cooker. Stir in crumbled bacon. If desired, serve with pickled jalapeno peppers and pickled red onions.
  3. Freeze option: Freeze cooled beans in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little water or broth if necessary.

Molasses and Beans Tips

I don't have a slow cooker. How can I make this dish?

If you don't have a slow cooker, you may bake this dish at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours.

What do I do if the sauce gets too low?

If the sauce gets too low while cooking, add a bit more tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 521 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 1543mg sodium, 93g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 13g fiber), 24g protein.

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